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25 May, 2015

AIMS accuses FSA of ruining Farmbox Meats business with investigation

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has slammed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following the Farmbox Meats verdict over the mislabelling of goat meat as lamb or mutton, earlier this week. 

Asda is rolling out the use of a steam process at the plants that supply it with chicken, after a trial found it dramatically reduced levels of campylobacter. 

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has unveiled the results of its unannounced inspections of slaughterhouses across Britain. 

UK butchers are gearing up for the start of the summer with National BBQ Week 2015.  

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The minister for agriculture in Ireland has claimed its badger cull had been a “huge success” and said Ireland was tackling bovine TB better than the UK. 

Overall farm gate prices for animals have dropped year-on-year for the month of March. 

New EU rules on country of origin labelling mean pig producers will now have to answer some extra questions on the electronic pig movement service, eAML2. 

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) has caused lamb prices in Northern Ireland to slump, because UK consumers are put off buying lamb labelled as being from another country, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has claimed. 

A slaughterhouse owner has been banned from keeping livestock or managing a food business for 20 years. 

Pork processor Tulip is expanding its apprenticeship programme and is in search of new butchers, engineers and technical specialists. 

UK production of poultry meats decreased by 1% in 2014, the first drop in five years. 

Marks & Spencer’s food arm has posted a growth in sales for the past 12 months. 

The owner and manager of Aberystwyth-based Farmbox Meats have been found guilty of falsely describing food contrary to the Food Safety Act. 

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